If you can’t do it with feeling, don’t do it at all. That’s the takeaway from this week’s The Bold Type.
All three of our leading ladies showed raw feeling, emotion, and vulnerability this week, which only added to their likeability. The series may have been appealing because of the women’s magazine industry angle but viewers will stick around for the ambitious and sassy women who don’t take “no” for an answer. They’re curious, they’re invincible and they’re bold – a fair representation of what the “woke generation,” as Jacqueline calls it, and the Scarlet readers, see themselves as.
Sutton, Jane and Kat’s determination to reach their dreams and succeed even put to bed my concerns about how unrealistic key moments in the series are. When Jaqueline informed Jane that she would be included on a “young influential political writers” panel after just ONE article about a congresswoman’s fashion, I scoffed. “Are they kidding me?” I mumbled at the TV while sipping on some pineapple tea.
They were kidding me, for the record. They knew how ridiculous it was but they were trying to get a point across to millenials that I believe often goes unsaid – you don’t always have to be an expert to score a seat at the table. Is it realistic in the competitive fashion and magazine world in New York? Highly unlikely but for a naive millenial who still wants to believe at times that the world isn’t inherinetly bad and opportunities will come your way if you project the right vibes, it did the trick. Sometimes, you’d like to believe that if you work hard and put your best foot forward, you’ll be rewarded over the person who maybe has more experience but less heart.
Jane, who finally achieved orgasm greatness, twice, goes from feeling super confident, to owning her political piece, to freaking out about the fact that her boss and someone from the board will be in the audience, to feeling down in the dumps for not being as assertive as she should have been to FINALLY realizing that aside from all the political mumbo jumbo, she said what people wanted to hear – people want to be heard. If the magazine’s political future really was in her hands, I think she did it justice.
As did Kat, unknowingly of course. While Jane assertiveness was gaining her recognition in the industry, Kat was struggling with finding her voice. Like mentioned above, people want to be heard but what happens when no one wants to listen? Adena reached out to Kat in hopes of scoring a letter of recommendation to get her visa renewed while Kat hoped to score in a different way, still trying to deconstruct her feelings for the self-described “Muslim lesbian.” I call Adena that not only because that’s what she referred to herself as in the show but because it’s an important description for this episode. Kat takes advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with Adena, getting to know her on a deeper level, connecting with her and completely unplugging from the noise of social media. The good times are cut short when Adena is attacked by a man on the street who tells her to “speak English” and calls her “towel head.” Unfamiliar with that level of hatred, Kat knows she must do something and reacts by punching him and getting arrested.
Mother Hen aka Jacqueline is on hand to bail her out and is impressed with Kat’s passion for “wanting to do something” and “fighting for what’s right.” But knowing that you can be right and still wrong is a hard lesson for Kat to learn and she isn’t happy with Adena for ditching her before the cops showed up. Despite being a woman of color, Kat’s grown up privileged and with freedoms that don’t apply to a “Muslim lesbian.” After Jacqueline explains to Kat that getting involved in an assault case would have been grounds for Adena’s deportation she feels terrible and apologizes by telling her the how she really feels – “I like you a lot.” I’d say Adena had enough of Kat squirming her way through the confession because she cut her off with a kiss. Lesson #2 – sometimes, you can say a lot more with fewer words. #Kadena shippers everywhere are jumping for joy right now.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline, the woman of limited words, is inspired to ignore what the “board” says and starts up a political vertical anyway. She sees these women who are passionate, involved and want to be heard and knows that the political angle won’t isolate readers, it will give them exactly what they want – a platform to share their fears, concerns, and dreams of the world, relationships and themselves. After all, Scarlet’s are ambitious and opinionated AF.
Speaking of ambitious, Sutton spends the whole episode, lying, sulking and then kicking ass – in that order. When Oliver informs her that she’s being considered for the assistant’s job, he seemingly gloats about hiring someone with FIT experience. The Fashion Institute of Technology, if you weren’t looped in. The only problem? Lauren recommended two assistants and the one that went to FIT and he mistook Sutton for the other girl, whom she apparently gloated about. Thanks a lot Lauren. She flips back and forth between telling the truth and taking advantage of the situation and eventually settles the latter. She’s exposed when Richard decides to be the subtle, but proud, boyfriend by putting in a good word for her with Oliver to make up for the “lack of fashion school experience.”
She alternates between telling the truth and taking advantage of the situation and eventually settles for the latter. The truth eventually gets out when Richard decides to be the subtle yet proud boyfriend and puts in a good word for her with Oliver hoping his recommendation would make up for the “lack of fashion school experience.”
Oliver confronts her and she fesses up to the lie but it’s too late – she’s already burned her one and only bridge. No boss is ever going to hire a liar. Fibbing about knowing Photoshop is one thing – what? we all did it – but exaggeration your education is a big no no. Sutton realizes that she can’t just let her DREAM job pass her by because she didn’t follow her gut so she gets down to it and creates the baddest, most authentic mood board Oliver has ever seen.
When he told her that he wanted the board to make him “feel something,” he had NO IDEA that she was going to dig right under his fur coat and designer frames to reveal a small town boy from Oklahoma who also had absolutely no experience with the fashion industry prior to his position. Coming clean and stepping up proves to him that she’ll go above and beyond for him and the position, which eventually lands her the gig. Lesson #3, which is very similar to #1, sometimes, you just need to want something bad enough and not let the limited experience stop you from pursuing it.
The episode came full circle with the ladies starting on a high note, crashing and burning in the fashion closet and redeeming themselves as I’m sure they will time and time again. The Bold Type is proof that millenials have to constantly fight for what they want while putting aside the need to constantly give into the pressures of society.
As for Jane, she came a few more times. We know because the walls are paper thin, remember? Also – why don’t they just have sex at his place? It seems like he lives alone so there’s really no need to come crashing through the door every time Sutton’s on the couch just trying to zen out.
While we’re on the topic of sex, I’d like to add that I love how the show normalizes sex, something that’s often taboo and censored. This isn’t HBO so we can’t get too graphic but it’s nice to know that there are writers out who acknowledge that women like sex; that they’re empowered by it.
Thoughts? Do you think the series is too optimistic or is it the kind of inspiration that millenials – who are trying to make it in a cutthroat industry – need during such trying times?
9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021
2021 was a strange year in TV. The production of so many shows was sidetracked by the pandemic, but we still somehow made it to the finale. So with the end of the year coming up in a couple of weeks, it seems only fitting to give a proper send-off to 9 TV shows that we’re sad to leave behind in 2021. Some ended too early, while others ended at the perfect time, but all will be greatly missed.
1. Younger (Paramount+)
This past summer we said a tearful goodbye to the cast of Younger. Originally, its producer, Darren Star had unofficially ideated Season 7 as its final season, and then it came true. Thankfully, it’s available to stream, so you can repeatedly enjoy this show in its full glory. Younger is about Liza Miller, a 40-year-old woman who resorts to lying about her age in order to return to the workforce after raising her daughter. It’s an entertaining rom-com that highlights ageism and sexism in the workplace, while also beautifully capturing the importance of friendship.
2. Insecure (HBO Max)
Insecure is a dramedy that focuses on the Black narrative, particularly Black women and the unrealistic expectation of confidence. Issa Dee’s just trying to survive and thrive in her personal and professional life. However, in order to get there, she must learn to overcome her insecurities and flaws. With the help of her best friend Molly, the two take on life in Los Angeles together all while overcoming a period of liminality.
3. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
A fantastic comedy that puts a modern twist on the mid-1800s, Dickinson, is not what you’d expect. Hailee Steinfeld leads the series as the outspoken feminist Emily Dickinson, as she strives to become the infamous poet we know and praise today. You don’t have to be an English major to enjoy this one. As long as you love a good romance, fight against the patriarchy, and maybe a little Wiz Kalifa, you’re sure to find this 3 season show, delightful.
4. Feel Good (Netflix)
Mae Martin’s original comedy, Feel Good on Netflix is a much-needed LGBTQ+ representative show. The show is a short two seasons but they sure pack quite the punch. It centers on Mae, a standup comedian who swaps her drug addiction for love. During her time in England, Mae meets and falls in love with George, a baby queer. The show dissects the qualms of their relationship, all of course, with a healthy dose of humor.
5. Shrill (Hulu)
A young journalist struggles to jumpstart her career until she begins to write about her greatest insecurity–weight. Shrill shares the life of Annie Eaton as she learns to find confidence in being unapologetically herself. Navigating the world of romance and privilege, she runs into problems and makes countless mistakes. Its three-season run feels short, but once you make it to the end, you’ll feel appreciative of the journey.
6. Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)
Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian show about a Korean-Canadian family and their acclimation to both the Canadian culture and the evolving generation. An endearing comedy about the pressures and tension between the children of immigrants and their parents. Its five-season run was the perfect length, but we will surely miss this cast.
7. The Bold Type (Freeform)
The Bold Type is a show about three fearless friends who bond over their careers at Scarlet Magazine. It has hints of Sex and the City, but with a more diverse and feminist perspective. It’s a bit more drama than comedy and includes the typical search for love, self-identity, and everything in between. The show’s fluidity was affected by the pandemic but still managed to end on a sweet note in its fifth season.
8. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
This NBC show was cut way too short, but thankfully Roku picked it up for a movie to tie up some loose ends. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist centers on a unique premise. Following a CT scan, Zoey starts hearing people’s inner song-alogues. The power initially seems useless and annoying, but she later learns to use it for the better.
9. Atypical (Netflix)
Atypical is a sweet family comedy about Sam, a teenager who falls on the autism spectrum. The show follows his quest to find independence, love, and the meaning of life. And while his family plays a large role in his life, his newfound autonomy especially puts his mother on a new life journey–one without the constant supervision of her son. It’s a family affair, and you’ll be sure to invest in every character and the family dynamic by the end.
The Bold Type Series Finale – A Bold Goodbye (5×06)
The moment we’ve all not been waiting for has finally come. We were forced to say a tearful farewell to our favorite Scarlet women in The Bold Type series finale. The good thing is we can say a bold goodbye knowing they’re all in good hands and in good places.
There were so many parallels and full circle moments in this episode, I could tell the writers were trying to make it feel finished despite the extremely limited final season.
After an evening of fun, Kat, Sutton, and Jane reunited at the apartment. This special moment was an ode to their first Scarlet gala–even the colors they wore if you remember the red, blue, and gold–when they left to scream in the subway. Except for this time they didn’t need the noise of the subway to cover up their screams. They walked up to the curb for all of New York to hear.
They’ve all come into their own, and it’s crystal clear in this final episode.
When we first met Sutton she was a hardworking assistant to a difficult boss. Her career seemed to plateau and she felt stuck in her assistantship while her real dream was to be a stylist.
And then she met Richard. Their relationship, although fast, was wholesome and real. However, having them end up together was unrealistic, and should not have happened. The difference in desire to have children is a common issue among couples, but it’s always a breaking point.
Richard might say in a heartfelt speech that Sutton is enough, but in the end, it’s never enough. It’s a fundamental difference and the writers should have kept it that way.
But alas, the two lovebirds are un-divorced.
Oh Kat, her real character development revolved around her sexual identity journey and her ability to finally commit to “her person.”
With a few hiccups here and there in her career trajectory, there was absolutely no doubt she was going to do great things. And considering she’s now the editor-in-chief of Scarlett, I’d say she’s peaked.
After Jane turned down the opportunity, Kat was the second choice. With her management skills, she should’ve been the first choice. Also with her unwavering determination to fight the good fight, Scarlet’s in good hands.
While her career path was back on track, her relationship with Adena went through a few ups and downs. Initially, it seemed like Adena was going to stick to her, no, but it didn’t take long for Kat to use her persuasiveness to win her back.
Kat learned that in the past she’d used her non-committal tendencies as a barrier to real connection. But, as she came to realize, no matter how hard she tried to brush it off, Adena was always going to be the one she could never let go of. And when you find that person you don’t run away.
Jane’s surprise run-in to Pinstripe guy, aka Ryan, her first big relationship was nostalgic and slightly out of place. That was until his words made her rethink the future as editor-in-chief. She had to be reminded of her real passion, and taking the position would leave no opportunity for her to do what she loves–write.
While going through old mementos, she found an old photo of her mother traveling in Paris, igniting a new passion to expand her failing feminist column.
It’s the first time we’ve seen her mother and the first time Jane, the rule follower, broke her own rules. No longer does she need to stay in the confines of her safety net and the first real job she’s had, but she’s ready to spread her wings and let her talents take her wherever they may.
And maybe that means she’ll travel around with Zach! Either way, I’m happy they chose to make her love life ambiguous. Or at least kept her open-minded to the idea of finally dating again without the pressure to find the perfect guy.
Jane’s electric all on her own and she’s ready to continue learning more about herself.
Although unrealistic at times, The Bold Type shared the truth about female empowerment, friendship, and family. It provided realistic and relatable challenges that women of all ages could relate to.
Without being too cheesy, we watched the friendship between the three women grow deep. The real relationship winner of the show was easily this threesome.
And we’ll certainly miss them without fail. But, who knows, maybe in a few years there will be a reunion or reboot order. Until then, we’ll cheers with our nonalcoholic champaign (in solidarity with Sutton) wiping away our puddles of tears.
- Jane’s handcuff necklace was a statement! It felt more like a necklace Kat would wear, but nonetheless a cool find.
- Yikes, you don’t realize the glow-up of each character until there’s a cringey slideshow to prove it. Sorry Jacqueline, but what did they do to your hair in Season 1?
- Whose fighting speech was the winner? Richard’s or Kat’s? We’re going to go with Kat!
- Jacqueline was #StyledBySutton, and should’ve been this whole time. Talk about not aging!
The Bold Type Review- Big Wins For All (5×05)
The penultimate episode of The Bold Type Season 5 Episode 5 left big wins for all, some personal and some professional. Yet successful all the same.
Jane’s left to run Scarlett by herself as Jacqueline enjoys the vacation time she most certainly deserves. She’s put her entire life into building up an incredibly successful company and now she gets to watch her star employee take control.
Although a difficult decision, Jacqueline’s ready to begin writing the next chapter in her life: retirement. No matter how unrealistic Jane’s promotion to editor-in-chief after only four years at the company is, it’s also empowering.
The show’s focus on female leadership is a breath of fresh air and important in mainstream media to portray women at the top. Especially in media, where it’s totally overrun by men, young women need to see themselves represented on screen.
Of course, with its flaws. Jane’s rudely awoken to the reality of the number of meetings the editor-in-chief is required to sit through. But, she’s aspired to uphold Jacqueline’s legacy for so long, so she welcomes the challenge with open arms.
Meanwhile, Sutton started therapy and admits that the reason she drinks is to numb the pain.
Just as she’s making a breakthrough, the one and only Richard calls asking to meet to sign the divorce papers.
First of all, a fancy meal to sign divorce papers? Ouch.
Initially, seeing Richard made me angry for Sutton. All the pain he’s put her through, and then he has the audacity to casually sit across her smiling like nothing’s hurting him.
But, once he opens up about his choice to adopt as a single man, the anger went away. Just like that, Sutton’s reminded of the biggest reason they didn’t work out and it looks like she’ll be able to walk away from him knowing that she means just as much to him as he means to her.
I’m happy they finalized the divorce on paper before they enjoyed one last rendezvous together. It was good to see Richard because it would’ve been a cheap blow for them not to bring him back one last time.
While Richard and Sutton are hopefully not getting back together, Kat and Adena very much looked like they’re going to get back together!!
Yes, I squealed. But how could I not! Even Jacqueline said she was happy to see them back together. They had the proper break required for exes to forge their own path separately and to mature apart.
The way Adena looked so longingly at Kat every time they were together was true love. And I agree Kat’s a better version of herself when she’s with Adena. She just needed some time apart to realize that.
Also, a round of applause for Kat’s new venture. She’s rehired! It wouldn’t feel right for Kat to not work her way back to Scarlet. It’s true, the trio will one day run the company. However, for now, Kat will run her very own mini-company.
With the women set up for success, this episode set the groundwork for next week’s final episode. I’m not ready. Please don’t make me! I’ll just be crying in the corner. So, why don’t you leave your thoughts in the comments below.
- Can I just say, the classic slow pull away that Kat and Adena exhibited really showed the chemistry between Nikohl and Aisha. That’s one thing I’d like to give props to this show for, its chemistry. The three leads have a beautiful friendship on-screen, it’d be hard to believe it wasn’t the same off-screen.
- Jacqueline’s hair this episode–flawless, not a single strand was out of place. Whoever does her hair and costuming, please come to my house?
- Poor Andrew, left in the dust. His jealousy of Jane is so apparent. Maybe he’ll get promoted, Jane already relies on him as much as Jacqueline does!
- Richard’s aged beautifully, there I said it. He’s a silver fox, giving me soft Grey’s Anatomy McSteamy vibes.
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